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Tillis Announces $24.9 Million for High-Speed Internet in North Carolina

August 21, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be awarding $24.9 million to North Carolina to deploy a fiber-to-the-premises network to provide high-speed internet. This network will benefit 2,674 people, 84 businesses, 117 farms, and four educational facilities in Bladen, Columbus, and Sampson Counties....

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R & R Brewing progresses with plans to open second location in downtown Clinton; restaurant concept in the works

July 14, 2023

R & R Brewing, a microbrewery originating in Mount Olive, NC continues to make progress towards officially breaking ground on Sampson County’s first ever taproom and their second location which will be located in downtown Clinton at 104 Fayetteville Street in the historical Henry Vann Building. ...

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Sampson Community College trades center addresses local agriculture industry skills demand

July 12, 2023

“We built the Trades Center to be able to adapt to the ever growing needs of business and industry,” said Dr. Bill Starling, President of Sampson Community College, in a press release. “While many communities have advanced manufacturing as their largest employers, agriculture is our biggest industry. Our county has $1.35 billion in agriculture production. We work with a variety of agricultural businesses that need these trades to operate.”...

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America's Top States for Business 2023: The full rankings (

July 11, 2023

North Carolina is #1. CNBC scored all 50 states on 86 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness. Each category is weighted based on how frequently states use them as a selling point in economic development marketing materials. ...

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NC Welding, LLC purchases 17.21 acres for $375,000 as part of Roseboro expansion

March 24, 2023

North Carolina Welding, LLC has purchased 17.21 acres from Sampson County as part of their expansion in Roseboro, NC. ...

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Governor Cooper Announces 14 Grants to Rural Communities to Attract 262 New Jobs and $31.5 Million in Private Investment

February 16, 2023

A $120,000 grant will support the renovation of a 400,000-square-foot building located in Roseboro. DuBose Steel operates a full-line structural steel service center that provides sheet, plate, structural, and tubular products to customers nationwide. The company will create 15 jobs. ...

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Sampson gathers for State of Economy address

January 25, 2023

Business and community leaders across Sampson county gathered at the Sampson County Expo Center to be briefed on the current state of the US economy and predictions about the economic future. Hosted by the Clinton- Sampson Chamber of Commerce and Sampson County Economic Development, guests were treated to breakfast and speaker Dr. Michael Walden presented his research about economic factors driving the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Golden LEAF awards $8 million in funding to support projects in 16 counties

December 08, 2022

Sampson County received $265,112 from Golden Leaf's Site Development Program for site prepping for a [future] 60,000 SF industrial building off Armory Rd. in Sampson Southeast Business Center, Clinton's industrial park. ...

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One year on: Garland factory alive

October 22, 2022

In 2020, the Garland Shirt Company shuttered, leaving a void in the town and hundreds of residents without work, dimming a longstanding manufacturing behemoth. The next year, Garland Apparel Group stepped in and acquired the former site of Brooks Brothers, officially reopening the doors in October 2021. A year on, the factory shines like the beacon it once was....

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County eyes acquisition of I-40 property

April 12, 2022

NEWTON GROVE — Moves to acquire a large mass of land off Interstate 40 in the Newton Grove area were approved during the recent Sampson County Board of Commissioners meeting....

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Montauk Ag Renewables Eyes Turkey

December 21, 2021

Montauk Ag Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of publicly-traded Montauk Renewables, Inc., has chosen to open a facility in the county, the Sampson County Economic Development Commission and county officials announced this week....

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Sampson gets state grant to aid demolition

November 03, 2021

Sampson County has been awarded a $22,098 demolition grant from NC Commerce which will aid in further prepping a large plot of land purchased by the county last year for industrial development....

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Garland factory revamp gets $250k grant

August 21, 2021

GARLAND — As new life is being breathed into a manufacturing plant in Garland, even more exciting news is here. The Garland Apparel Group, LLC has just caught a boon that will continue supporting the anchoring business that glues Garland together — a Building Reuse grant from NC Department of Commerce....

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A new chapter for a town that needed it most

June 21, 2021

The Town of Garland needed a win, and got a big victory this week with the announcement that the former Brooks Brothers facility would be vacant no more....

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How Sampson County sweats the details in economic development

May 31, 2021

Economic developers at the local and regional level do a lot of the unglamorous work to get sites ready – industrial parks, standalone properties, and empty buildings that could be rehabbed. This is known in the trade as “product,” and if your product lacks electricity, natural gas, water and sewer lines and road access, companies aren’t going to come. There’s no use talking about workforce or incentives if there’s no building site available and prepped to handle a new factory....

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Sampson gets $1.3M grant to develop industrial site

February 20, 2021

Sampson County has been awarded nearly $1.3 million from the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Industrial Development Fund, the first IDF grant ever awarded to the county, local officials announced on Friday....

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